This week's vendorwag is with company called Browsium, who have a product called “UniBrows” (if you
listen closely I fluff my ‘lines’ and almost get these the wrong way round!) – and I will be
speaking to Matt Heller who is the CEO & Founder. Unibrows has been in development for sometime
– and today they formally released the product for general availability – so it’s a bit of scoop
for me to have them on my site on the very same day!
This starts a new theme in the vendorwags which is all about application compatibility and
application virtualization. Things seemed to get really fired up recently when I wrote an article
about Microsoft’s policy towards using tools to run Internet Explorer 6 on the new Windows 7
platform. I must have touched a raw nerve because it generated a lot of traffic on twitter, and
inspired a number of vendors to approach me to explain their technologies.
UniBrows focus is on IE6 “problem” and may offer an interesting route out of the compatibility
issue – without flouting Microsoft support statement. Of course, the companies plans don’t begin
and end with IE6 – and future product functionality and plans are discussed towards the end.
Anyway, here’s a bit background on Matt Heller from Browsium’s website (that’s where I grabbed this
picture too – which makes a change from the normal corporate photos!)
founded Browsium, Inc. after spending several years working with Microsoft customers on Internet
Explorer. There he recognized the need for browser related tools and solutions to enable business
customers to more effectively manage the browser environment. He started his work with Microsoft
during the release of Internet Explorer 6 on Windows XP SP2, and has gained extensive knowledge of
Internet Explorer as well as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari and Opera. Prior to
Browsium, Matt founded Text’d, LLC a technical services firm building wireless search platform
tools, as well as technical product management and marketing services.
These are the questions I asked Matt
often been said that problem with making IE6 run on new OSes is because it was so tightly coupled
to WinXP. Would you agree?
seems to be hostile to supporting IE6 as almost a matter of faith – why might that be?
Unibrows deal with multiple website with multiple demands for different plug-ins
does it support RDS on Windows 2008 for Terminal Services style users?
are the downsides of using conventional Application Virtualization (ThinApp, Spoon etc) to fix this
seems quite a niche product, fixing a particular issue at this point time – what secures the
long-term future of Browsium, Inc?